Meet our three judges for the Laurie Thomas landscape salon in 2022



Judy Stokes

Tired of the “big smoke” and busy city life Judy Stokes has recently moved from her Muriwai based studio and gallery and bought a wild, cliff top coastal property in Northland.


As a creative landscape photographer this is Judy’s dream, and camping on the property while developing her home, studio and workshop pods, although challenging at times, is putting Judy close to the land and enabling her to really feel the landscapes and seascapes she is capturing.


Judy is inspired by the wildness of nature and especially the ocean. She often, but not always uses intentional camera movement for her images and loves the way this free style of photography, simplifies scenes and seems to capture the mood and essence of a time and place. Judy enjoys the sense of connection to others through sharing not only her images at exhibitions, but also her techniques through the workshops she gives.


For more of Judy’s work go to her website



Meghan Maloney

Landscape & Travel Photographer Sony NZ Advocate Kase Filters Global Ambassador Meghan Maloney is a well-known landscape photographer and Sony NZ advocate based in the Waikato. She travels extensively throughout New Zealand during the year hosting group workshops and live online learning events.


Meghan is passionate about helping people improve their photography while experiencing adventures in amazing NZ locations. As a Kase Filters global ambassador, her learning incorporates the use of neutral density filters to add a sense of the artistic to images as well as helping people improve their post-processing techniques to enable images to reach their full potential.


Meghan’s love for landscape photography began 10 years ago after taking photos of her family in the outdoors, and her work aims to capture the essence of the beauty and variety of our incredible NZ landscapes through the use of colour and light.


Meghan has been a judge in the landscape category in the Sony Alpha awards for the past two years and also regularly judges local camera club competitions.




Brian Eastwood

I have been lucky enough to have a long history in the photographic industry, ranging from processing laboratories, portrait, wedding and commercial photography.


Originally based in the UK, I came to New Zealand on assignment in 1973. I liked it here so much I decided to explore the country a bit more, and I'm still exploring it today.


In 1996 I moved from the Chemical Darkroom to the Computer Lightroom, setting up a commercial photographic studio dedicated to digital photography.


I enjoy all genera of photography, but have always favoured water, I am drawn to, lakes, rivers, streams, waterfall, but mostly I am drawn to the seashore. I take advantage of the fact that I live close to a lot of beaches in Auckland, most of my photography is based around the seashore. Some of my photographs have even won National and International Awards.

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